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Toyota's HQ plans find good company in Texas

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

Toyota's giant 2.1-million-square-foot headquarters will be a big presence in the increasingly crowded Plano, Texas, neighborhood known as Legacy West. Across the street, the new headquarters for FedEx Office are nearly complete. Other neighbors include Frito-Lay, Pizza Hut and J.C. Penney....
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Cadillac dealer Joe Stewart killed in Houston

11:34 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

A Cadillac dealer in Houston was shot and killed outside his home Thursday night, May 7, Houston police said....
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BMW is building vehicle distribution center in Texas to serve the South

10:44 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

BMW AG said it is building a vehicle distribution center in Texas to serve the Southern US. The facility at the Port of Galveston will serve the 45 BMW and Mini dealers in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas....
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THE SSR MVP

How an oddball Chevy transformed a Houston dealership

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

More than a decade after General Motors launched the Chevrolet SSR, most people still aren't sure what to make of the retro-styled, high-performance roadster pickup. Paul Peebles has managed to make a thriving business out of it....
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GM mulls $1.3 billion expansion of Texas truck plant

9:38 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

GM is mulling a $1.3 billion expansion of its Arlington, Texas, assembly plant to boost production of SUVs, according to documents from the city. The company says the investment would fund improvements aimed at enhancing the factory's manufacturing capability....
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Texas Ranger Ram concept honors lawmen

10:30 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Ram today will unveil a concept 2015 Ram 1500 pickup at the Dallas auto show to honor the Texas Rangers -- the historic law-enforcement agency that once brought order to the Lone Star state's rough-and-tumble frontier....
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Penske tests Texas store's staffing program

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Penske Automotive Group has been so impressed with a program started at its Toyota store in Round Rock, Texas, aimed at converting Internet leads into appointments and, ultimately, sales, that it is taking the idea to other dealerships in Texas....
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Tesla could open up to 12 Texas stores if legislation passes

11:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

Tesla may be able to open up to 12 stores in Texas, if a group of state legislators gets its way. Under current state law, customers can purchase new vehicles only through a franchised dealership. The bills would allow customers to purchase vehicles directly from the manufacturer....
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Trouble in the oil patch? Group 1 says it's ready

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015

Houston's Group 1 Automotive hasn't seen sales soften yet in the oil patch because of the drop in energy prices. But the nation's third-largest auto retailer is bracing for a drop....
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Honda crash death exposes weaknesses in recall system

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015

The driver of a 2002 Honda Accord who died earlier this month in a crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn't been notified that his vehicle was recalled in June 2014 for the suspect inflators, a Honda spokesman said. The fatal crash in Texas marked the sixth death linked to inflators made by Takata and highlights some of the pitfalls of the current vehicle recall system....
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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Honda confirms crash death caused by ruptured Takata airbag

6:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015

American Honda on Friday confirmed a Takata airbag ruptured in the fatal crash of a 2002 Accord on January 18 in Texas....
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Toyota breaks ground on N.A. headquarters in Texas

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015

A Toyota Tundra bulldozed through soil today in Plano, Texas, breaking ground on the automaker's new North American headquarters. Toyota in April said it would relocate the headquarters to Plano from Torrance, Calif. The move will consolidate engineering, sales, marketing, finance and corporate staff....
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Musk dangles track, car plant in wooing Texas lawmakers

9:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015

Tesla CEO Elon Musk urged Texas lawmakers to ease restrictions on sales of the company's electric luxury cars as he floated the prospect of locating a new car factory or a test facility for his "hyperloop" mass transit concept in the state....
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THE GM RECALL

Conviction of Saturn Ion driver thrown out after 10 years

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

A Texas judge today overturned a 7-year-old negligent homicide conviction against a woman whose boyfriend died when her Saturn Ion -- now known to have had a defective ignition switch -- crashed, her lawyer said....
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Tensions at Toyota ahead of big move

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

As Toyota prepares to consolidate its far-flung engineering, sales, marketing, finance and corporate operations into a new North American headquarters near Dallas, it's wrestling with a knotty set of challenges: retaining enough employees to ensure a smooth transition, realigning job functions and keeping up morale as anxious workers await word on their new job descriptions and pay scales....
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Small fire at Takata plant in San Antonio forces evacuation

12:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014

Over 70 Takata employees temporarily evacuated the supplier's San Antonio seatbelt production plant after a small fire broke out early this morning, officials said. Employees were back at work shortly after the fire....
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2015 Ford F-150 lassos Truck of Texas award

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014

Ford's 2015 aluminum-body F-150 pickup has taken home the prestigious Truck of Texas award, handed out annually by the Texas Auto Writers Association Truck Rodeo....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Automakers battle in annual Texas truck showdown

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014

General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and Toyota are rolling into this weekend's Texas State Fair in Dallas with guns blazing -- at each other. Around 3 million pairs of cowboy boots visit the fair each year, which makes it ground zero in the truck and SUV marketing wars....
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Toyota to boost Mexico truck plant capacity by 41%

8:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014

As Toyota ponders its first full assembly plant in Mexico, it plans to boost capacity at its existing factory there almost 40 percent to feed demand for trucks....
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Texas governor says lower tax, regulatory hurdles lure companies such as Toyota, Tesla

7:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential presidential candidate in two years, said companies such as Toyota will invest where they’re least burdened by taxes and regulation....
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Group 1 acquires Munday dealerships in Houston

3:59 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

Group 1 Automotive, the third-largest auto dealer group based in the United States, has acquired Houston dealerships Munday Chevrolet and Munday Mazda, the company said today....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: How smaller states can challenge Texas in the pickup wars

12:09 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014

When it comes to selling pickups in the United States, the obvious centerpiece market is Texas. Last year, 322,000 new pickups were registered there -- or 15 percent of all 2.1 million pickups sold nationwide, according to IHS Automotive data....
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Tesla sets up shop in Dallas -- minus test-drives and sales

4:12 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2014

You can touch, but you can’t drive, a Model S electric car in the latest Tesla Motors gallery in Dallas’ Northpark Mall. Tesla plans to open the doors to its 2,200-square-foot gallery Friday morning in the state with some of the most restrictive auto dealer franchise laws in the country....
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Northwood University in Texas to end residential program, expand others

3:58 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2014

Northwood University, in a nod to rapidly changing learning models in higher education, plans to close residential operations at its Cedar Hill, Texas, campus on June 30....
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